Finally, after spending a long, hard year at home, you’re planning a summer vacation. You envision afternoons soaking up the sun and surf, exploring local shops, and taking the kids out for ice cream after dinner. But your sunlit daydream turns into a nightmare once you get there. No one can agree on a restaurant, the activities you’re finding look too touristy, and worst of all – it’s probably going to rain.
If this scenario sounds a little too familiar, you’re certainly not alone. Many people come home feeling like they need a break after their vacation, which is why we’re bringing you tried-and-true tips for making the most of your time away.
Don’t Eat Out Every Night
Yes, you read that correctly. Most people associate going on vacation with an endless parade of waiters and waitresses from eating out at every meal, but that doesn’t have to be the case. When you invite a personal chef – like Chef Lynn Michelle – in your beach house or vacation rental, you’ll get all the flavor and satisfaction of a restaurant-quality meal without the hassle of making reservations or finding a restaurant the whole family can agree on. From Lowcountry classics to a romantic steakhouse dinner for two, The East Coast Chef can prepare whatever your heart (and stomach) desires.
Consider a Travel Agent
Before you picture your grandparents who used travel agents “back in the day,” remember that this profession is making a reemergence. Just like you would hire someone to fix your car or file your taxes, travel agents are experts in planning a trip your whole family will love. They likely have connections that could get you a flight upgrade or discounted tickets and can suggest local haunts you might not have found otherwise. There’s also the obvious advantage of having someone book everything for you, so all you have to worry about is making it to the airport on time.
Plan for All Kinds of Weather
If there’s one thing we know from living near the coast, it’s that the weather can change on a dime. But don’t let the forecast rain on your parade! Pencil-in or scout-out indoor activities ahead of time so you don’t waste a rainy day on the couch, wondering what to do next. Keep it classic with a trip to the museum or local theater, or treat your friends and family to an entirely new experience like a private cooking class. Chef Lynn Michelle can teach you and your crew how to make gourmet meals and decadent desserts in the comfort of your own kitchen.
Take Care of Yourself
Make sure to include downtime in your itinerary. A 45-minute window to work out, read a book, or take a nap can do wonders for your energy and mood when you’re on the go. And while we’re all about indulging every now and then, eating balanced meals while you’re on vacation will help you feel your best while you’re gone (and when you come home). Trade greasy takeout for gourmet, restaurant-quality meals prepared by The East Coast Chef. Chef Lynn Michelle can prepare a week’s worth (or more) of gourmet meals for your family according to your tastes and dietary preferences.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
This is easier said than done, but letting small hiccups ruin your trip will only add to the stress of going away. Making the most of the situation when the unexpected happens will ease your anxiety and show your kids a great example of how to handle disappointments, snafus, and changes of plan.
Imagine the perfect location, the perfect view, the perfect meal – yours.
Make the most of your time on Hilton Head Island with an unforgettable private meal prepared by Chef Lynn Michelle. From Lowcountry classics to vegan dishes and beyond, she’ll serve you a restaurant-quality menu made in your own kitchen or vacation rental. Give her a call at 843-422-5480 or click here to book your next meal.